Luddite meeting

Simon Fairlie chapter7 at
Wed Jun 1 18:41:20 BST 2011

Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the Luddite Uprisings:  
Technology Politics Then and Now

Date: Wednesday June 8th, 7pm
Venue: Feminist Library meeting room, 5a Westminster Bridge Road,  
London SE1 7XW, Nearest tube Lambeth North,
Organised by: Luddites200 Organising Forum luddites200 at
No admission charge, donations welcome.  Please contact organisers  
about disabled access.

In 1811-12 artisan cloth workers in the Midlands and North of England  
rose up against factory owners who were imposing new machines and  
putting them out of work.  Since the 1950s the Luddites have been  
painted as fools opposed to all technology and progress, but in fact  
the Luddites were very selective in their attacks, breaking only  
machines they thought were 'hurtful to Commonality'.

What can the Luddites teach us about the ongoing use of technology to  
replace workers’ jobs, as well as issues like GM food, nuclear power,  
reproductive technology and surveillance?  Can we escape the myth  
that technology always brings progress?  On the anniversary of the  
first action against a GM crop site in Britain, come and discuss the  
issues with speakers from the Luddites200 Organising Forum, Stop GM,  
a trade union activist, and the Stop Nuclear Network.

PLUS! Luddite entertainment and CAKE

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